But this year is the year of the arts for the school, and a purpose-built performing arts centre is due to be opened at the school this summer that will give students exceptional facilities both for curricular and enrichment activities in the areas of music and drama.
Top class professionals will teach within the programme, and enrichment activities of all kinds will be offered after school, at weekends and during school breaks through the school’s partnership with the well-known Legend Music company.
It is planned that the music programme will include early music for three to seven year olds, choir, jam sessions and bands, as well as private vocal lessons, private guitar lessons, private piano lessons, private violin lessons and private drum lessons.
The new three- storey facility will consist of the following levels:
The Basement Floor will be the new music and drama department with specialised music and recording studios. There will be three large classrooms and five acoustically sound practice/private lesson rooms. Each classroom and practice room will be equipped with the finest music equipment available.
The Ground Floor will be the new cafeteria.
The First Floor will be a 600 square metre multipurpose hall. It will have stage equipment with top quality surround sound for performances, presentations, assemblies and school productions. This hall will also be used as an additional gymnasium with cushioned flooring for badminton, netball, gymnastics, PE classes, dance classes and martial arts.
Surrounding the new complex will be a new playground, which will include a climbing wall, sliders, a learning zone, a pirate ship, a water play area and much more.
It has been designed by the teachers at the school after taking into account up to date research in good playground design around the world.
It is a hugely exciting development that will see the state of the art new building surrounded by a modern, up to date playground.
The head of the school, Dennison MacKinnon said, “In its commitment to building and completing this new facility, PIADS is taking its programmes forward and offering a genuinely liberal and progressive educational opportunity to all internationally-minded parents in Phuket who seek an education for their children, which is based not on any national programme but on the programmes of the International Baccalaureate.”